Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Commentary on The Loaves and Fishes

Jesus is the Son of the Living God. He is the second person of the Holy Trinity. By the power of the Holy Spirit, He became man. He has both a human nature and a divine nature. If one acknowledges in the belief of the above, then the miracle of the loaves and fishes is not really an astounding event. I have heard of priests and protestant ministers, who have said the miracle was a spiritual one, in which everyone shared what they had and everyone ate together in this community love fest. This is pure rubbish and rather illogical. Think about the passage:" And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel." Jesus just spent hours upon hours curing the blind and the crippled and the crowd was in a state of pure amazement. All this excitement has kept the crowd fixated on Jesus as one miracle after another happens. If there were four to five thousand people there, there had to have been hundreds if not thousands of people cured. Think about it, you have a blind or crippled son, daughter, wife, sister, brother and Jesus is in town, you're bringing them. The Gospel passage says they had been with Jesus for three days. Not only that they haven't eaten. Jesus flat out says they haven't eaten. Then Jesus feels compassion for them. He does not want them to leave hungry(side note here - he does not want you or me to leave hungry either) and then the Son of the Living God does what is quite normal for him, he commands the laws of nature to obey him! Yes, He has the power over everything in creation, everything! He does not play games with the universe, lets say have Jupiter jump over Mars or the sun and the moon start dancing together,(all within His power) no, Jesus makes nature obey Him only for the good of others. That's the Jesus I know and love. Those under the spell of the secular world cannot comprehend the power of God, for it is incomprehensible! But it is as real as a sunset and the time that you live by. It is precisely by acknowledging God Almighty's awesome power that we can begin to understand what our place is, why we must worship and obey Him, and give Him all the honor and the glory on He deserves (side note: we used to call this the fear of the Lord but in the silly secular age we have no fear of God because we have tucked Him away). Anything that diminishes his power is rubbish, and what it actually does is diminish His love and thus diminish ourselves. Yes Jesus is a greater prophet that Elijah or Elisha, yes this miracle is of course a foreshadow of the Holy Eucharist which feeds us today, but make no mistake this miracle demonstrates that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, whose power is limitless and whose love is boundless.

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